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									          Laurie Middle School Mission Statement

The Laurie Middle School community values holistic, lifelong learning in a
     caring, safe, supportive environment. We all learn best with high
                   expectations and healthy relationships.

                        Mr. David Standing – Principal

                       Mr. David Martin – Vice-Principal

                              http://lms.sd5.bc.ca




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     Name _______________________________________________


   Student #______________________ TAG __________________
                              GENERAL INFORMATION

                                  DAILY SCHEDULE & 4 X 8 ROTATION

Block Schedule

First bell             8:20
Block 1                8:25 - 9:45 (80 minutes)
Nutrition Break        9:45 - 9:57 (12 minutes)
Block 2                9:57 - 11:17 (80 minutes)
Block 3                11:21 - 12:40 (79 minutes)
Lunch                  12:40 -1:30 (50 minutes)
Block 4                1:30- 2:49 (79 minutes)
TAG                    2:53 - 3:08 (15 minutes)
Dismissal              3:08
Travel time between classes is 4 minutes.

             WEEK 1
 MONDAY                 TUESDAY                WEDNESDAY                THURSDAY
 1                      5                      2                        6
 2                      6                      3                        7
 3                      7                      4                        8
 LUNCH                  LUNCH                  LUNCH                    LUNCH
 4                      8                      1                        5
 TAG                    TAG                    TAG                      TAG




WEEK 2
 MONDAY                 TUESDAY                WEDNESDAY                THURSDAY
 3                      7                      4                        8
 4                      8                      1                        5
 1                      5                      2                        6
 LUNCH                  LUNCH                  LUNCH                    LUNCH
 2                      6                      3                        7
 TAG                    TAG                    TAG                      TAG


FRIDAY
The in-session Fridays use one of the Monday to Thursday rotations – please refer to the calendar pages
at the end of this handbook.

• CHANGING COURSES
Since students in grade 7 and 8 are scheduled as a group (TAG), individual class changes to the core subjects may
not be made. Other class/course changes are made only after consultation with Administration and Counseling.
• EARLY DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL
For safety reasons, no student should leave the school during the school day, for an appointment or in the case
of illness, without reporting first to the office. Students must bring a note from parents to the office indicating
the date, time, and reason for leaving the school, or have a parent contact the office by phone. A permission slip
will be issued to the student. Failure to do so could result in the absence being treated as a truant incident.

• EXTENDED LEAVES FROM SCHOOL
The school recognizes that, from time to time, it may become necessary for a student to miss school because of
funerals, trips to medical specialists, and other similar issues. We recognize that valuable learning takes place
during family vacations and extended travel and if possible we would encourage these types of events take place
during regular vacation times. Parents and students should note absence for any reason might affect grades. We
always presume that parents will not allow their children to miss school indiscriminately. Parental contact with
the school is appreciated well in advance of the scheduled departure.

• HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND PROGRAM
If a student is going to be absent for more than two weeks for reasons of illness or injury, the office and counselor
should be informed. Under certain situations, it may be possible for the school to arrange for a tutor to assist the
student directly in the home.

• WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Before any student withdraws from school, s/he must have permission from his/her parent or guardian, and a
School Leaving Form must be completed. All books and school materials must be returned and accounts cleared
before the student may leave. Charges may occur for lost school materials.

• FIELD & SPORTS TRIPS
Field and sport trips are a valuable and necessary supplement to the regular school program. It may be necessary
to miss classes due to participation in a school related trip or activity. Students should remember that it is a
privilege, not a right, to go on these trips. A record of poor student behavior, attendance or academic conduct
could be reason for having this privilege denied. Students are responsible for having permission forms turned into
their teacher on time.

• HOMEWORK
Homework is an integral part of Middle School. Using class time effectively reduces the amount of homework. If
no homework is assigned, students can review material covered in class, organize binders, or read – there is often
a novel study occurring in the English classes.

• STUDENT FEES
The only required student fee is $10.00 for an agenda book.

All courses at Laurie require no fee to meet the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the course. Students and parents
who choose to go beyond the basic learning outcomes of the course, or students who choose to use more
expensive materials than provided by the school may pay optional fees. In September, students will receive an
outline of optional fees for activities that are beyond the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the class.
• TEXTBOOKS
All students are required to report to class with the proper textbooks. Textbooks will be issued by, and are to be
returned to, the classroom teacher. A charge will be billed to the parent or made against the student’s book deposit
fee for the textbooks that are lost or damaged. The classroom teacher will assess the replacement cost of the text.

• LOCKERS
All students will be issued a locker at the beginning of the school year. The locker and lock are the property of the
school and is simply lent to the student. The locker must be locked with a school issued lock; under special
circumstances a different lock can be used – please contact the office. The locker remains the property of the
school and may be searched, at any time, on reasonable grounds. Lockers and combination locks are for
individual use and are not to be shared. A charge of $8.00 will be assessed for lost locks. A charge of $1.00 will
be made for students wishing to change locks – this is in place to dissuade students from sharing lock
combinations.

• GYMNASIUM CLOTHING
Every student taking a Physical Education course must have a clean change of clothing for gym class.
Specifically, a T-shirt, shorts or sweat suit pants, and running shoes are required. Students without appropriate
gymnasium clothing cannot participate in physical activities. Students who are continually without gym clothing
will be referred to the school office for non-compliance.

Physical Education is a compulsory so students needing to be excused for one period need a note from a parent.
Students to be excused for more than a day or two, must present to their teacher a note signed by a physician.

• FIRE SAFETY PROCEDURE
On the sound of the alarm or the blue lights flashing in class settings that are loud:
1. All work or activity will stop immediately – no matter what the work or activity is, STOP AT ONCE!
2. The staff will lead the students quickly and orderly from the building to the designated meeting spot.
3. Once clear of the school building, by about 50 meters (to allow free access to fire-engines, ambulances,
   police vehicles, etc.), the teacher will quickly assemble his/her class, take attendance and send a runner
   with the attendance list to the flagpole to give to the school secretary.
4. The students and staff may reenter the building safely after three rings of the school bell.
5. If there is a fire alarm during a non-instructional time, students need to go to their designated TAG area.

• LOCKDOWN PROCEDURE
On the sound of the PA lock-down notice or the blue lights flashing in class settings that are loud:
1. All work or activity will stop immediately – no matter what the work or activity is, STOP AT ONCE!
2. The staff will ensure all classroom doors are locked.
3. The students and staff will assume a position on the floor and away from windows or doors. They will remain
quiet throughout the lock-down No one is to answer a request at the door or window.
4. Students who are in the hall or washrooms during a lock-down must proceed to the nearest classroom.
5. The principal will check the school for students locked out and escort them to safety.
6. The students and staff may resume activities when directed to do so by the principal of the school.

• THE SCHOOL LIBRARY
Students are invited to make use of all the resources the school has available in the Laurie Library. Books,
magazines, CD-ROMs, videos, computers, Internet… everything a good library should have. Internet use is
available to students who have signed a permission form and follow school district policy. Tampering with the
library computers or security systems will result in lost privileges.

Grade 7 students will complete a mini unit on making proper use of the library and the materials stored in it. The
library is open outside of class time, as well.
                                STUDENT RECOGNITION
Laurie Middle School has evolved to a more comprehensive model of student recognition. Recognition will occur
shortly after the first and second report cards. A year-end recognition ceremony will include a full year view of
recognition.

We recognizes excellence as follows:

1.      HONOUR ROLL
Criteria: A = 5 points; B = 4 points; C+ = 3 points; C = 2 points. A letter grade lower than a “C” disqualifies a
student from being on the Honour Roll.

     Maintaining a “B” average on the report card attains Honour Roll standing.


2.    SCHOOL WORK EFFORT LAURIE LIST
      Criteria: E = 6 points; G = 5 points; S = 3 points. Work habit of “N” disqualifies a student from being on
the SWELL list.

     Maintaining a “G” average work habit attains SWELL standing.


3.    ATHLETICS
We recognize the team of athletes and coaches who participate in the athletic teams at the various levels.
Recognition may be given for outstanding leadership, work ethic, and sportsmanship.


4.    SERVICE AND CITIZENSHIP
We recognize students who voluntarily assisted in various areas of school life.
          a) JUDY WATSON MEMORIAL AWARD – for the student who best exemplifies all-round
          citizenship in a balanced representation of activities within Laurie school (i.e., academic,
          extracurricular, social, behavioral, etc.).
          b) DICK HALE AMBASSADORSHIP AWARD – for the student who best represents Laurie
          School through excellence in activities outside of the school while maintaining high standards of
          citizenship in our school.
          c) CITIZENSHIP AWARDS - for three students who are recognized for their school and
          community citizenship.


5.     COOPERATION, HARD WORK, ORGANIZATION, COMMITMENT and EFFORT AWARDS
The LMS staff nominates five or six students in each grade to be chosen to receive CHOICE awards based on the
following criteria: Cooperation, Hard Work, Organization, Involvement, Commitment, and Effort

6.      STARS OF THE WEEK
In cooperation with local businesses, 3 students each week, randomly drawn from the stars submitted each week,
will be treated to a special luncheon with a staff member. Staff nominates students for acts of kindness. The stars
are posted on the gym walls at the year-end recognition ceremony.
                            SCHOOL-WIDE CODE OF CONDUCT
Mission Statement of School District #5 (Southeast Kootenay)
   To provide students with equitable, quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive environment through the efforts
   of a caring, professional team in cooperation with students, parents and communities.

Mission Statement of Laurie Middle School
   The Laurie Middle School community values holistic, lifelong learning in a caring, safe, supportive environment. We all
   learn best with high expectations and healthy relationships.

Guiding Principles
We believe:
         That all students and staff have a right to learn and work in a safe, respectful and productive environment.
         A positive, productive and responsible attitude will create strong communities.
         That everyone can learn to make appropriate choices for themselves and others.
         That all communication needs to be based on courtesy and mutual respect.
         That diversity among students and staff is to be respected, but commonly accepted rules of conduct will apply to all.
          As students become older and more mature, and move through the grades, there is a rising expectation for the level of expected
          conduct. This is likened to teenagers seeking more independence as they become older, but with that independence comes the need
          for increasing responsibility.

School District No. 5 believes successful students are:
In the appropriate place and on time.
          They make constructive use of the educational opportunities they are provided. Being late to school or class causes a disruption to
          the learning of all students.

Prepared and engaged in school.
          “Prepared and engaged,” means bringing the required books and materials, completing assignments as directed and taking the
          initiative to ask for help when required. It also means being mentally and physically prepared for success. For student to take full
          advantage of their education, it is their responsibility to get adequate sleep and maintaining a healthy life style. This includes a
          balanced diet and exercise, as well as, avoiding the use of alcohol or narcotics.

Respectful of the rights and responsibilities of others.
          Respectful students value everyone’s rights and responsibilities to learn and work in a safe and respectful environment.

Laurie Middle School Rights and Responsibilities
As members of the Laurie Middle School community, I have the following rights and responsibilities:

I have the right to be safe at school; therefore, I have the responsibility to:
        • behave in a safe manner
        • refrain from bullying, threats and harassment
        • support a violence free school

I have the right to be respected, cared for, and included as a member of the school community; therefore, I have the
responsibility to:
        • show respect for everyone
        • accept and tolerate differences

I have the right to a clean healthy school; therefore, I have the responsibility to:
        • look after my own belongings
        • respect the property of others
        • keep the school tidy and free from vandalism
        • refrain from using tobacco, drugs or alcohol

I have the right to a positive working and learning environment; therefore, I have the responsibility to:
        • come to class prepared and work to the best of my ability
        • cooperate with staff and students
        • follow school and classroom rules

I have the right to express myself appropriately and to be listened to; therefore, I have a responsibility to:
     • speak when appropriate
        • listen with respect
       SCHOOL-WIDE EXPECTED CONDUCT
Everyone shares the responsibility of behaving in ways that will make our school a special place where people are valued, and
excellence in performance is a commonly shared goal. At all times, it is the expectation that Laurie Middle School students
will:
       focus on their own learning, and not distract the learning of others;
       be in attendance and on time every day, unless there is a valid excuse to be away;
       treat others the way they wish to be treated, with courtesy, kindness and respect;
       be respectfully inclusive of the individual differences of all students;
       use appropriate language and gestures;
       treat the school and the equipment with respect and graffiti free;
       move about the school in an orderly fashion;
       exercise fair play;
       cooperate with all staff members;
       display personal responsibility and self-discipline;
       follow the school and classroom rules.


       RISING EXPECTATIONS
As students progress through their middle school years, they are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of
maturity and responsibility, and to act as positive role models for the younger middle school students.


       SCHOOL-WIDE UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
Unacceptable conduct is defined as any behavior or actions that put students at risk – either physically, emotionally or
academically.

TAG teachers, Student Services Teachers, or the school office personnel will contact parents of students who are having
conduct issues to discuss the problems. Where conduct is more severe a meeting will be held with the student, parents and
school staff to review the issues and prepare a plan – a contract for desired behavior will likely be drawn. Special programs
may be arranged for students found to be in need of greater assistance.

MINOR OFFENSES (Level 1)
A school must provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to learn effectively. These actions can be dealt with
by any staff member: staff direction, parent conference, detention, problem solving, restorative action, time out or isolation in
the classroom, loss of free choice time, a warning letter, have students write out a behavior incident form and return the
signed plan to the school, or temporary confiscation of the student’s property. Minor offenses include:
       Academic indifference;
       Using profanity (verbal or gestured);
       Disrespecting the rights of others to a safe, respectful and productive learning environment;
       Comments, displays or actions made to students or staff that express racial, sexual stereotypes and/or prejudice;
       Comments, displays or actions made to student or staff, which intimidate, threaten the safety of, harass or bully, made
        directly, written or via electronic communication;
       Relational aggression;
       Inappropriate use of digital/electronic devices;
       Creating a safety hazard for self or others, including running in crowded areas, tripping, pushing, and not keeping
        hands and feet to oneself;
       Homework;
       Wearing unacceptable or inappropriate clothing;
       Off school grounds without permission;
       Skateboarding on school property or returning late from the skateboard park at lunch;
       Theft;
       Vandalism, littering, or willful damage to school, staff or student property.
MIDDLE OFFENSES (Level 2)
A school must provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to learn effectively. These actions must be dealt with
by the school administration and may involve suspension. Middle offenses include:
       Continued unacceptable conduct of minor offenses;
       Instigating a fight, being a willing combatant in a fight, or physically assaulting others;
       Willful disobedience to school staff, including teachers, EAs, secretaries, custodians, & noon hour supervisors;
       Truancy and excessive tardiness;
       Plagiarism;
       Tobacco use on school property, in sight of the school, or at a school function.

MAJOR OFFENSES (Level 3)
A school must provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to learn effectively. Consequently certain actions
must be dealt with severely by the school, the school board, or the law. Major offenses include:
    Continued unacceptable conduct of middle offenses;
    Dangerous behaviour. The intention to do harm, real or implied to self or others, including: bomb threats,
       inappropriate use of the Fire Alarm system, inappropriate use of the Lock Down System, inappropriate use of 911
       Emergency Response;
    Arson, setting off fire alarms, tampering with safety equipment;
    Tampering with or improper use of school computer programs and hardware;
    Possession, trafficking, or non-medical use of alcohol or drugs;
    Weapons;
    Sexual behavior or sexual harassment;
    Inappropriate representation of the school (field trips, athletics, performances, etc.)

       Some Conduct Explained


• BE DRESSED FOR SCHOOL!
We recognize that clothing is an avenue of personal expression, however, students should be respectful of
others by wearing clothing and accessories that are appropriate to the school/work setting. Staff will
inform students if they are dressed inappropriately and offer them alternatives such as a change of
clothing or the opportunity to go home to change.

Offensive slogans or images:
   Clothing referencing tobacco, drugs, alcohol, offensive language, sex, or violence is not considered
   appropriate for school.

Jackets, winter boots, purses, and backpacks should be stored in the student lockers. The appropriate wear
for PE includes a T-shirt, shorts and sports shoes. Headgear may be used outside.

The Principal may authorize exceptions to the dress code for special occasions or circumstances.
If a student chooses to not following the dress expectations, they will be respectfully asked to “get
dressed for school.” Students will be expected to do so at school or will be sent home to get dressed.
Students continuing to not following the dress code will be seen as disobedient and a more serious
consequence (such as suspension) will be given.


• ATTENDANCE
Attendance and punctuality are extremely important. The school staff attempts to develop habits that will be
effective in the workplace. Excessive absences, or tardiness, affect student learning and eventually achievement.
They also interrupt the learning of other students and the pace of the class. Every effort should be made to attend
class on time. In the workplace absences or tardiness would quickly lead to dismissal.

When absent, students are responsible for making up missed assignments and work. There are, however, many
classes that cannot be made up because of the type of activity: in-class discussions, lectures or laboratory
experiments. This is especially important in English class. The new curriculum dictates 30% of the time in oral
language activities. If the absence or late pattern continues, it will adversely affect the student’s progress.

The school has a “call-back” phone procedure in place to contact parents/guardians of absent students. It is of
great help to the school if parents phone the school if their child is absent. This avoids a phone call home or to the
place of work.

• LATES
The office will track a student’s morning and afternoon lates. The classroom teachers will track lates between
classes. Accumulated inexcusable lays will result in disciplinary action. Three lates will create a 20-minute
detention. More lates will increase the detention. Repeated lates will be dealt with in progressively increasing
discipline.

• TRUANCY
We assume when parents or guardians send their children to school, they expect them to attend for the entire
school day. Skipping classes is considered a very serious offense. Parents will be notified of all truancies.

Under the provisions of the Public School Act, the school is only permitted to recognize the following as reasons
for absences or tardiness: 1) sickness of the pupil; 2) any sickness or affliction in the family; 3) a danger to health
from serious exposure; and 4) any other unavoidable cause which make attendance impractical. Absence from
school for reasons such as haircuts, shopping, or the youth felt like staying home, will not be accepted as
legitimate reasons, and will be treated as unexcused absences.

NOTE: The principal or vice principal shall be the judge of the sufficiency of the reason given by the
parent/guardian.

 • CLOSED CAMPUS FOR GRADE 7 STUDENTS – September to April
To provide for a safe environment for Grade 7 students transitioning to LMS, a closed campus has been enacted for
Grade 7 students. This means, for a Grade 7 student to leave the boundaries of the schoolyard, they must have
parental/guardian consent.

Grade 7 students who regularly leave the school for lunch will need one note provided by the parent/guardian in
September. If a change occurs, parents or guardians need to inform the school in writing. The closed campus will
be maintained until the end of March each year. A reminder not will be mailed to parents/guardians after Spring
Break to remind parents of their youth's up coming release off campus.

Grade 7 students who wish to go to a friend’s place for lunch, to the mini-mall, to the skate park, or to another
location at lunch, must bring a note in order to do so. They must be able to produce this note when asked.

• LUNCH TIME
Lunches must be eaten in a supervised area. Grade 7 students have a designated eating area on the gym stage,
Grade 8 students have room 105, and Grade 9 students may eat in room 101. It will be the student’s responsibility
to keep these areas neat and tidy by using waste and recycling bins. There will be no eating or drinking upstairs,
during this time. Nor will there be any loitering since this is an unsupervised area. There are three Noon Hour
Supervisors who supervise all students; they are often joined by the principal and vice principal.

We encourage all students to eat healthy food. As such, we would like students to leave high sugar drinks and
snacks at home and out of the school. We also recognize that energy drinks hold potential harm to youth and,
therefore, should not be consumed at all. At times we will request that students do not bring certain food items to
ensure the safety of people have severe allergic reactions.

AFTER EATING

We encourage all students to complete their lunch by 1:00 pm and be ready to go outside to get fresh air and burn
off some energy. There is a sign out for outdoor play equipment between 12:50 and 1:00.

The hallway to the two level portion of the school will be closed off to all students except those that have a specific
destination or purpose (such as using the library, the computer lab, meeting a teacher for help, or attending the
Homework Club).

The area from the front entrance to the industrial education area and the home economics wing, including the
washrooms and the concession, will be designated as the social area.

Noting that the parking lot poses a significant hazard, students are prohibited from hanging out or playing in the
parking lot, between or around the cars.

There will be options for students to be inside during in-climate weather. Students may use the library, the
computer labs, go to Homework Club, participate in intramurals, or visit on the blue benches in the social area of
the school.

Behaviors will be recorded in the office and reviewed weekly by the principal. Improper behavior at lunchtime
may result in clean up assignments or withdrawal of lunchtime privileges for offending students.

• SCHOOL DANCES
 There are five school dances in the school year. Dances are an extra-curricular privilege. School dances are
 planned and organized by the Student Council. In order for a student to be eligible to attend the dance they must:
     - Have no more than 3 disciplinary actions referred to the office within two weeks prior to the dance
     - Have all fees paid, unless waived by administrator
     - Be in attendance the day of the dance

Invited guests must be “approved” by a LMS administrator with the guest’s school administrator; therefore, they must be
enrolled in either a public or independent system. The guest must meet the same criteria listed above to attend the dance.
Grade 9 LMS students only can invite a middle school guest, except for the last dance of the year where Grade 8 LMS students
can also invite a middle school guest. The guest’s ticket must be paid for ahead of time.

During the dance, all LMS school rules apply to all of the students attending the dance. Additionally,
     1. Appropriate dance style and etiquette must be followed.
     2. Appropriate dress must be worn.
     3. Chaperones have full authority at all dances.
     4. Students who leave the dance will not be permitted to re-enter.
     5. Doors will be closed for all regular school dances at 7:00 PM. No one will be permitted to enter after this time, except
        with prior permission.
     6. Dances will end no later than 9:00 PM, with the exception of the year-end dance, which will end at 9:30 PM.


• CELL PHONES, MP3 AND MP4 PLAYERS, CAMERAS AND OTHER DIGITAL DEVICE
- SD5 POLICY 3.33 and LMS additions
The Board of Trustees believes that cell phones and other digital devices can play a vital communication
role. However, the ordinary use of cell phones and digital products during instructional time is disruptive
to the educational environment and is not acceptable.

Students may carry cell phones or other digital devices and may not or may use them as follows:
       •  Cell phones, and other digital devices, will be turned off and will be kept in lockers during instructional
       time (in class, on a PE activity, on a field trip, or at any other at school-sponsored activities).
       • Cell phones may not be used for the purpose of sending text messages during class time.
       • Cell phones may not be used while students are moving/walking.
       • Cell phones and other digital devices may not be used in change rooms or washrooms.

       • Cell phones and other digital devices may be used during non-instructional times before
       school, at lunch, and after school outside of the school building.


Violation of this policy or other use that is deemed unsafe will result in disciplinary action being taken and
confiscation of the cell phone or digital device by any SD5 staff member. The confiscated item will be stored in a
file cabinet in the principal's office.

On the first violation, the parent/guardian will be called and asked to come and pick up the item – it will not be
returned to the student. This will be also the case on the second violation, plus the student will be dealt with in
regards to defiance of this policy.



       PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE / CONSEQUENCES
When determining appropriate disciplinary action, both the severity and frequency of the unacceptable conduct, as
well as the age and maturity of the student, is considered. Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences for
breaches of a code are corrective and restorative in nature rather than punitive. This may involve Restorative
Justice or other forms of problem solving for minor difficulties. Restorative Justice or other restorative forms of
problem solving in conjunction with other disciplinary approaches for more serious offenses.

Discipline may range from a student conference, to contact with the parent, detention, restorative action, in-school
or out-of-school suspension.

• Acting in loco parentis

Education staff may act in a manner with discipline and direction, as would a typical parent. This may include a
student conference to discuss an issue, be it educational or behavioral.

• Contact or meet with the parent/guardian
The teacher, counselor, vice principal, or principal to discuss educational or discipline issue, and the consequences,
may contact the parent or guardian.


• Detentions
School detentions are given for minor infractions of a school Code of Conduct and for repeated lateness in the
morning or afternoon. Teachers may assign classroom detentions for classroom-based offenses. When students are
given a detention, they must serve it immediately after the school day is completed or other arrangements can be
made with the teacher. If students have more than one detention, it is their responsibility to inform their teachers
and make alternate arrangements. Failure to serve assigned detentions promptly may result in an in-school or out-
of-school suspension.

• Restorative Justice
Repairing the harm and rebuilding relationships in the community is the primary goal of Restorative Justice. The
victim's perspective is central to deciding how to repair the harm caused by the crime. Violation of relationships
creates an obligation for a person who has harmed another to make things right. RJ supports those who caused
harm by encouraging them to understand, accept and carry out their obligations to take responsibility for their
actions and to make amends for whatever harm was caused. RJ resolves conflict by involving all in a safe and
respectful dialogue.

• In School Suspension
The principal may suspend students to the ISS room for 1 to 3 days. While in the ISS room, students may not talk
with other students, may not have digital/electronic devices with them. They must work on work assigned by the
classroom teacher and the principal. They will be allowed washroom breaks, but will remain in the ISS room
during break and lunch.

• Suspension from School
The principal may suspend students for up to five school days for infractions of the school Code of Conduct.
Students under suspension are denied the privilege of attending school and are not to appear on the LMS or any
other school property, for the duration of the suspension. A parental interview will normally be required before the
student is allowed back to school. Homework may be assigned that must be completed during the suspension. It is
the student’s responsibility to make up work that is missed during any absence.

The District Suspension Committee may extend the length of the suspension, assign students to another
school/program, permanently suspend students from the school, or prohibit a student from attending any school
until the following academic year.

• Notification
Parents/ guardians will be notified if the student is detained or suspended. Parents/ guardians may not be notified if
the conduct issues are minor and the student seems to be responding to the interventions the classroom teacher or
the office puts in place.

School officials have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct, not limited
to but including: parents of the victim, parents of the perpetrator, school district officials, police and other agencies.
There may be a need to notify all parents when it is deemed important to reassure members of the school
community that the school officials are aware of a serious situation/ incident and are taking appropriate action to
address it. The school and District staff will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who
has made a complaint of a breach of a Code of Conduct.

 PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITY

The principal has the right under the School Act to discharge discipline from the time the student leaves home to
go to school until such time the student returns home at the conclusion of the day. However, the principal and the
District's authority also extends beyond the normal 'home-to-home' when the conduct of a student off school
premises or after school hours adversely affect the operation of the school or the safety of the students attending
the school.
                                    Laurie Middle School - School District #5
                                              Code of Conduct
                                               Quick Reference Chart
LEVEL                           UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT                                                      POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES


            Academic indifference
                                                                                             May include any or all of:
            Using profanity (verbal or gestured)
            Disrespecting the rights of others to a safe, respectful and productive                      Direction from Staff
           learning environment                                                                           Parent Conference
            Comments, displays or actions made to students or staff that express
                                                                                                          Detention
           racial and/or sexual stereotypes and/or prejudice
                                                                                                          Restorative Justice or other forms of
            Comments, displays or actions made to student or staff, which
                                                                                                           problem solving
           intimidate, threaten the safety of, harass or bully, made directly, written
 ONE                                                                                                      Confiscation of personal property and
           or via electronic communication, relational aggression.
(Minor)                                                                                                    return to parents/guardian.
            Relational aggression;
                                                                                                          Time out from the classroom
            Use of cell phones, other digital devices, MP3 players and other
                                                                                                          Seating plan change
           listening devices in the school outside of the allowed time of before the
                                                                                                          Loss of free choice time
           first bell, at lunch, and after school.
            Creating a safety hazard for self or others, including running in                            Warning letter
           crowded areas, tripping, pushing, and not keeping hands and feet to                            Referral to School Based Team
           oneself                                                                                        Have students write out a behavioral
            Homework                                                                                      incident form and return the signed plan to
                                                                                                           the school
            Wearing inappropriate clothing identified in the dress code
            Skateboarding on school property or returning late from the
           skateboard park at lunch.
            Theft
            Vandalism, littering or willful damage to school, staff or student
           property


            Continued unacceptable conduct at Level One
                                                                                             May include any or all of:
            Instigating a fight, being a willing combatant in a fight, physically
           assaulting others
                                                                                                          In-School Suspension
            Willful disobedience to teachers, or other adult school personnel,                           Home Suspension
 TWO       including educational staff, secretaries, custodians, and noon hour
(Middle)                                                                                                  Restorative Justice or other forms of
           supervisors.
                                                                                                           problem solving may be used in
            Tobacco use on school property, in sight of the school, or at a school                        conjunction with suspension
           function
                                                                                                          School work will be assigned and must be
            Truancy and excessive tardiness;                                                              completed before return to the classroom
            Plagiarism;
                                                                                                          Student must not be on any school
                                                                                                           property during a suspension


                      Continued unacceptable conduct at Level Two
                                                                                             May include any or all of:
                      Dangerous behavior. The intention to do harm, real or implied
               to self or others, to include: bomb threats, arson, weapons, setting off
               fire alarms, tampering with safety equipment                                               Suspension to the District Suspension
                      Possession, trafficking or non-medical use of alcohol or drugs                      Committee. The student’s educational
                      Tampering with or improper use of school computer programs                          options for the remainder of the school
THREE          and hardware.                                                                               year will be determined during the
(Major)               Sexual behavior or sexual harassment;                                               meeting.
                      Inappropriate representation of the school (field trips, athletics,                RCMP or other outside agencies may be
               performances, etc.)                                                                         involved depending on the level of
                                                                                                           conduct.
                                                                                                          Restorative Justice or other forms of
                                                                                                           problem solving may be used in
                                                                                                           conjunction with suspension
                                                                                                          School work will be assigned and must be
                                                                                                           completed before return to the classroom
                                                                                                          Student must not be on any school
                                                                                                           property during a suspension

           (Refer to the District Code of Conduct for more thorough analysis and explanations – this can be viewed at lms.sd5.bc.ca)

								
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